Mr. Johnson Asiedu Nketia has won the Chairmanship race of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the just ended National Delegates Congress which took place at the Accra Sports Stadium on Saturday, December 17, 2022.
Asiedu Nketia won with 5569 out of the total votes cast as against his closest contender, Mr. Samuel Ofosu Ampofo who got 2892 of the total votes cast.
Asiedu Nketiah was born in Seikwa B/A in the Wenchi Municipal District of the then Brong-Ahafo Region (now Bono Region) of Ghana on December 24, 1956, to the late Nana Kwaku Asiedu, a farmer from the Oyoko Royal family and Madam Hagar Akosua Afrah of the Akwamu Royal family. He is the fifth child of nine children.
Mr Asiedu Nketiah had his basic education at Seikwa Presbyterian Primary School. He then proceeded to train as a teacher at St. Joseph’s College of Education in Bechem from 1974 to 1978 where he graduated a trainee teacher in 1978.
He began his career as a professional teacher at Seketia Presby Primary in the Jaman North District of the Bono region. He gained admission to the University of Ghana Business School in 1983 to read a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration (Banking and Finance option).
Asiedu Nketiah was a member of the pioneer batch for a Post Graduate Training Programme in Stock Brokerage and Investment Analysis when the Ghana Stock Exchange was introduced.
He obtained a Master of Science Degree in Defense and International Politics from the Ghana Armed Forces Command College in 2019.
Aseidu Nketia has worked at GIHOC Distilleries Company Limited. He then worked as a manager for the Nkoraman Rural Bank, and Sehwi Asawinso Rural Bank as trainee manager.
He has also worked with the National Trust Holding Company Limited (NTHC) as a stockbroker and an investment banker.
He was elected into the first parliament of the fourth republic of Ghana on 7 January 1993 after being pronounced winner at the 1992 Ghanaian election held on 29 December 1992.
1996 Ghanaian general elections
He was re-elected into the 2nd parliament of the 4th republic of Ghana represented during the 1996 Ghanaian general election on the ticket of the National Democratic Congress. He defeated Obeng Manu Jnr. of the New Patriotic Party by obtaining 41.60% of the total valid votes cast which was equivalent to 19,386 votes while Obeng obtained 19.10% which was equivalent to 8,905 votes.
2000 Ghanaian general elections
In the year 2000, Asiedu Nketia won the Ghanaian general elections as the member of parliament for the Wenchi West constituency of the Brong Ahafo Region of Ghana.
He won on the ticket of the National Democratic Congress. His constituency was a part of the 7 parliamentary seats out of 21 seats won by the National Democratic Congress in that election for the Brong Ahafo Region.
The National Democratic Congress won a minority total of 92 parliamentary seats out of 200 seats in the 3rd parliament of the 4th republic of Ghana.
He was elected with 11,720 votes out of 24,531 total valid votes cast. This was equivalent to 49.2% of the total valid votes cast. He was elected over Joe Danquah of the New Patriotic Party, Kusi Edward Kofi of the National Reform Party and Joana Mayfair Abebrese of the Convention People’s Party. These won 11,041, 542, and 507 votes respectively out of the total valid votes cast.
These were equivalent to 46.4%, 2.3% and 2.1% respectively of total valid votes cast.
As a member of the Ghanaian parliament Aseidu Nketia has worked on the Appointments Committee, Finance Committee and Public Accounts Committee. He has been a Chairman – Mines and Energy Committee, Ranking Member for Food and Agriculture and Cocoa Affairs Committee and Deputy Majority Chief Whip. He was Deputy Minister for Food and Agriculture in charge of crops under the Jerry John Rawlings administration.